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University of Gloucestershire
Postgraduate research

International Business

MSc by Research

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Full Time
Course length
2 Years
Oxstalls, Gloucester

Course overview

MSc International Business by Research adopts an active learning approach with a strong emphasis on real-world application to create a practical and professional course for international students. We promote in-classroom interaction between lecturers and students, as well as between peers, through activity, group discussion, role-play and projects.

The course aims to deliver an inclusive curriculum though an inclusive approach. This encourages integration and collaboration between students who work with others to tackle issues and problems that have relevance to the business world.

There is a strong emphasis on empirical research and the course culminates in an opportunity for students to complete an empirical research project that critically explores and implement theories to real-world issues. This increases a students knowledge and understanding and improves ability to think critically and analytically while operating in a global context.

Study style

Students are encouraged to study with their peers in learning sets and peer review and feedback is adopted for developing students’ ability in reflective listening, critical evaluation and making commitment to take action.

We encourage students to engage with and use technology, maximising engagement and learning experience. We take a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) approach, creating an opportunity for students to develop digital literacies while enriching learning design and learning activity.

Entry requirements

    • Applicants should hold at least a 2:2 bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an overseas university.

    • IELTS 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each component) or equivalent qualification (if applicants have IELTS 6.0 overall (with no less than 5.5 in each component – we will request applicants to take an Academic Skills and Research module as part of their course).

Fees and costs

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Please note: the total fee for this course is £17,100 payable in two instalments of £8,550 per year.
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September 2024 £10,650 £17,100
September 2025 TBC TBC
September 2026 TBC TBC

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The employment prospects and career aspirations of our MSc in International Business by Research graduates are exciting and varied. Our course provides students with the knowledge, understanding and experience that will prepare them for exciting graduate careers in companies that are engaged in business on an international scale.

Students can consider a wide range of job roles including international trade, international business development, government agencies with an overseas focus, international marketing and sales, international management consultancy, international HR, global supply chain and logistics, and international hospitaiity services.

Undertake a significant independent research project

This project allows students to delve deeply into real-world business issues, applying and critically evaluating theoretical concepts. It fosters independent thinking, enhances research skills, and equips students with the ability to analyse and address complex global business challenges. This experience broadens knowledge and prepares students for professional success in the international business arena.

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Taught by knowledgable lecturers with international experience

The MSc International Business by Research course ensures students gain insights from experts who understand the global business landscape. Their diverse backgrounds and real-world expertise enrich the learning experience, providing students with valuable perspectives and practical knowledge essential for succeeding in international business environments.

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Be part of an active and vibrant community of international students

Enrich your learning experience through exposure to diverse perspectives and cultures. Collaborate on global business issues, build lasting connections, and expand your professional network. Our inclusive environment fosters mutual growth, preparing you for a successful career in the dynamic world of international business.

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